Grand jury indicts Anniston mom after leaving child in car - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Grand jury indicts Anniston mom after leaving child in car

Katherine Papke. Source: Anniston Police Department Katherine Papke. Source: Anniston Police Department
Fox6 Anchor Beth Shelburne with Katherine Papke in September Source:  WBRC Fox6 Anchor Beth Shelburne with Katherine Papke in September Source: WBRC
Papke with her children, including her son Bo who died in the hot car.  Source:  WBRC Papke with her children, including her son Bo who died in the hot car. Source: WBRC
ANNISTON, AL (WBRC) -

A Calhoun County grand jury has indicted an Anniston mother in the death of her infant son.

Sergeant First Class Katherine Papke was arrested by Anniston Police after her 4-month-old son died Aug. 9. She is charged with manslaughter.

Papke says she accidentally left her baby in her vehicle after forgetting to drop him off at daycare. She discovered him in the car while she was at work at Fort McClellan.

FOX6 News anchor Beth Shelburne sat down with Papke in an exclusive interview about that day.

"I don't know why I forgot, I don't know why. I thought that I had already done that [dropped my son at daycare]. I don't how...I drive that route every day you know even now. It's there, it's right there. How do you not turn in, how do you...I just didn't. I don't know why," Papke told Beth Shelburne.

Defense attorney Jim Sturdivant says they are disappointed by the news.

"I have never been more saddened by a decision to charge someone," Sturdivant says of the indictment.

He says SFC Papke is still grieving the loss of her son.

"Her primary challenge remains dealing with the loss of her son," says Sturdivant.

Sturdivant also says there is "absolutely no evidence of impairment whatsoever" in Papke's case.

An arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 19 at 9 a.m.

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